- Courtesy City of Boise
In the summer of 2014, residents of Boise's Vista Neighborhood packed a local community center to first hear about a new initiative from City Hall that Boise officials promised would have "huge potential."
Soon after, a number of efforts—big and small—were launched focusing on children and youth, economic development, housing, public safety, sustainability and transportation.
Among the higher profile projects included the introduction of free pre-kindergarten sessions at Hawthorne and Whitney elementary schools, and an upgrade to an Atlantic Street home to serve as a model of energy efficiency and sustainability to the neighborhood.
Now, Boise officials say they're teaming up Saturday, March 12 with the United Way, Red Cross, the Boise Fire Department and other local organizations to go neighborhood-wide with the installation of free smoke alarms. The effort is part of a nationwide Red Cross campaign to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years.